PS3 Hackers Address Potential PSN Security Issues and Bans

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166w ago - Yesterday Sony addressed PS3 circumvention devices, piracy and PSN bans and today PS3 hackers SKFU among others via ArsTechnica have reported on potential security risks for PlayStation Network users.

To quote: While I read about the big ban tsunami and interesting papers like PSN.PDF (Mirror). I gone through a funny theory, I won't publish any details tho:

1) The bans are based on the users' account and console ID's.

2) We can modify all traffic sent and received by the PlayStation 3

What if some skiddies start to modify their sent traffic to appear as another user and use backups?

The PSN servers would recognize the TOS violation and check the online user database for known connections based on the ID's. The user and his consoles who really owns the ID's would be banned.

Even a simple Windows application which goes through ALL ID's may be possible. 24 hours and any console worldwide would be...
 

Sony on Recent PS3 Hacks, PSN Security Updates Incoming

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172w ago - Today Sony has finally spoken out against the recent PS3 Hacks stating they plan to fix the security breaches through a series of PlayStation Network updates including fraudulently unlocked PS3 Trophies.

To quote from ComputerAndVideoGames.com (linked above): "Earlier this week, hackers completely tore apart the console's few remaining lines of defence against running unauthorised code, and subsequently released the first custom PS3 firmware.

Sony has remained quiet on the issue until now, having just told our friends at Edge: "We are aware of this, and are currently looking into it. We will fix the issues through network updates, but because this is a security issue, we are not able to provide you with any more details."

Hacking groups don't believe this will be possible though, telling the BBC: The complete console is compromised...
 

PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 Arrives, Adds Security Patch

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176w ago - Update: CodeTwink has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update version 3.55 blocked access to lv2 kernel "execute" access, however, if you can patch back in a method to lv1_write_htab_entry, you can re-enable this area.

Today Sony Network Operations Americas VP Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware update v3.55 has arrived and simply adds a security patch.

Download: PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 (US) / PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 (EU)

More details are posted below, and to quote: "A new PS3 system software update, v3.55, will be released soon. This is a minor update that adds a security patch."

As expected, the PS3 Firmware 3.55 update works with the E3...
 

Rumor: Sony's Director of Information Security at SOE is a Pirate?

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216w ago - SONY is always whining about piracy and how evil pirates are. But are they better themselves? Not really!

While I browsed the web lately, I read a bit about Bryan S. Blank, the Director of Information Security at SONY Online Entertainment.

Getting a bit more interested I found his private homepage (asdfg.org).

Domain Name:ASDFG.ORG
Created On:28-Nov-2004 00:10:59 UTC
Last Updated On:02-Dec-2009 19:05:57 UTC
Expiration Date:28-Nov-2010 00:10:59 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:CR31049087
Registrant Name:bryan blank
Registrant Street1:torrey pines road
Registrant City:la jolla
Registrant State/Province:California
Registrant Postal Code:92037
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.2033511178
Registrant Email:bryan@wezl.org


By random searching for interesting links I explored the directory "/uploads/" which...
 

Security Lock and Cable Kit for the PlayStation 3 Available

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243w ago - Yea, it's a slow news day... but since Michael of NewPCGadgets.com (linked above) took the time to mail us, the least we can do is mention their new Security Kit for PlayStation 3, eh?

After all, based on a search of the boards it seems a lot of PS3 consoles (Stolen PS3 #1, Stolen PS3 #2, Stolen PS3 #3) get stolen.

To quote: "This new security kit features a steel security plate which attaches to the back of the PlayStation 3 console in less than 60 seconds and does not require any special tools. Once attached simply slide the security cable through the slot in the security plate and secure to any nearby fixture.

Finally a theft protection product for your most valuable game console. Perfect for use in dorm rooms, home or office.

The PlayStation 3 Security Kit includes a interlocking steel plate assembly, padlock with 2 keys and 8' steel wire security cable. Retail is $29.95 and can be ordered directly from our Web site."
 











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